High Blood Pressure and Hair Loss Related?

by Jodee on December 8, 2009

The results from several studies are in, and they point to a relationship between male baldness and hypertension. Men who start to lose their hair at an early age appear to be at increased risk.

A group of 250 Caucasian men between the ages of 35-65 participated in a study in 2007. The subjects were rated for factors such as whether they smoked, history of high blood pressure and if they had diabetes. Each person’s baldness pattern was also noted. A strong connection was found between men with hypertension and those who were experiencing hair loss.

Starting to get a bit thin on top could be considered  a type of early warning system for high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. Middle-aged men should be taking their health seriously by getting regular physical checkups and having blood pressure checks done.

Since having a blood pressure reading that is consistently above what is considered normal (120/80) means a person is at increased risk for heart disease, the doctor can suggest measures to treat this condition. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help bring down the blood pressure. In others, blood pressure can be brought under control by making some lifestyle changes.

Making a point of getting regular exercise helps to improve overall fitness and bring blood pressure down to a healthier level. It’s also a natural stress buster. A person who stays physically active is better able to develop and maintain a positive outlook than someone who doesn’t take time out for exercise.

The doctor may also recommend changes to a high blood pressure patient’s diet. Controlling sodium intake is one strategy that may help. Making a point of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats will also help to improve overall health.


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